With family ties to the island of Oahu, Andy developed an insatiable love for Hawaiian music and the fingerstyle tradition of kī hōʻalu (slack key guitar.) For many years, he has returned to Hawaii to study with Hawaiian slack key guitar masters including Ozzie Kotani, Keola Beamer, George Kahumoku, Jr. and Raymond Kāne. Andy’s Hawaiian name, Kūlana, was given to him by songwriter, hula teacher and Hawaiian cultural authority, Auntie Nona Beamer.
While Andy’s original plan was to only play within the confines of his living room, he has shared his music publicly for nearly 20 years. Andy has performed Hawaiian music, solo or with other musicians, at a variety of events and venues in the New York tri-state area and beyond. His performances in Hawaii include Pakele Live! at the Willows, Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Theater, and the Japanese Cultural Center. On the East Coast, he appeared as a special guest with “Hawaii’s super group” HAPA at the Highline Ballroom (NY), Narrows Center for the Arts (MA), Kaye Playhouse (NY), toured as a member of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival at Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre (NJ), Wolf Trap Barns (VA), SubCulture (NY), and twice opened for the legendary Mākaha Sons. He proudly plays music for Vicky Holt Takamine’s Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima in New York and has toured with the group appearing at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, La Mama ETC, and Jacob’s Pillow.
“I find the nahenahe (gentle) sounds of Hawaiian music to be a pleasant diversion from work.” Andy is a Managing Partner at Runnymede Capital Management. Andy earned a BA in International Studies with honors from Trinity College.
Andy is a member of the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) – a non-profit organization preserving the music and culture of Hawaiʻi. Andy co-wrote and performed on Aloha Pāpālua which appears on Darin Leong’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano nominated album 5 Years and Many Miles. Andy’s music has been featured by Hawaiian Airlines and national television networks.
In 2002, Andy founded www.Taropatch.net, the online community dedicated to Hawaiian music and culture. Mentioned in Acoustic guitar magazine, Lonely Planet, and the Honolulu Advertiser, Taropatch.net has become recognized as a valuable resource connecting fans, students and performers of slack key and Hawaiian music from all over the world.
Andy is a board member of Hālāwai, a New York not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to foster and support a community of individuals who share a common interest in the heritage, culture, history and future of the people of Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Islands.
In 2009, Andy brought the Hawaiian Treasures Celebration Tour featuring George Kahumoku, Jr., Dennis Kamakahi and Richard Hoʻopiʻi to New Jersey. Proceeds from the concert benefited the music program at The Episcopal Church of St. Paul. He has continued to present The Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring artists including George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Jeff Peterson, Kawika Kahiapo, and Nathan Aweau.